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21 11, 2011

Dear Super Committee: Here’s a Little Advice

By | November 21st, 2011|Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Politics, Republicans|7 Comments

Compromise is not a word that a lot of people on Capitol Hill understand these days.  That's particularly true when those who are entrenched in their own view of things can't climb out of those trenches without a 12-foot ladder. The so-called "Super Committee" -- aka the United States Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit [...]

23 06, 2010

I Could Have Told Walmart That Moms Are the Key to the 2010 Election

By | June 23rd, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|3 Comments

I don't think I've ever specifically said that 'Walmart moms' are the key to the 2010 election.  But there have been plenty of studies showing that women in general, and mothers in particular, hold a lot of sway not just with household spending, but also at the ballot box. The release of Walmart's study for [...]

2 02, 2010

Groundhogs, Elizabeth Warren and Other Random Thoughts

By | February 2nd, 2010|Democrats, Economy, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

As the book deadline approaches, and I have more work than I can keep up with, here are a few random thoughts for a chilly February 2. First, I *heart* Elizabeth Warren: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c Elizabeth Warren www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care [...]

19 10, 2009

PunditMom One Year Ago — Would the Economy be Different if They Had Listened to "The Girl?"

By | October 19th, 2009|Economy, Women in Politics|2 Comments

As I ponder stories about Elizabeth Warren, the head of the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel, as well as the almost simultaneous creation and tearing down of the new Consumer Financial Protection Agency, I was reminded of this post I wrote a year ago about how things might be different if our testosterone-laden financial services industry [...]

27 03, 2009

What if “Women’s Work” was Centerpiece of the Stimulus Package?

By | March 27th, 2009|Uncategorized|2 Comments

I know you might be wondering what glue I’ve been sniffing to wonder aloud about what our economic recovery could look like if “women’s work” was valued in the way men’s always has been. I don’t mean the stereotypical world of motherhood and careers limited to nursing and teaching. I mean the work of all [...]

20 03, 2009

When it Comes to Ruth Madoff, Whose Money is it Anyway?

By | March 20th, 2009|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

Ruth Madoff and I have something in common. No, Mr. PunditMom hasn't been running his own multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme and I can guarantee you we don't have a chateau in France or a getaway home in Florida. But I think Ruth and I are both going to be getting back to clipping coupons, scanning [...]

28 01, 2009

The ‘One Step Forward, Two Steps Back’ Dance for Women

By | January 28th, 2009|Equal Pay|32 Comments

I'm not trying to be a party pooper. Borrowing one of PunditGirl's new favorite words -- I'm "ecstatic" that the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is going to get signed into law by President Barack Obama. It's a wonderful step forward in women's battle for fair pay and gives us an important tool to get [...]

25 01, 2009

PunditMom’s Spin Cycle Monday — Amendments, Sexism and the Year of the Ox

By | January 25th, 2009|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

Does the Constitution need another amendment? Russ Feingold thinks so. Maybe you do too, if you live in New York or Illinois.Lots of people, including myself, wondered if Caroline Kennedy had the experience to be New York Senator. Cokie Roberts made a good point on Sunday about that standard not being applied to Michael Bloomberg [...]

12 12, 2008

Who’s More Worried About the Economy — Barack Obama or You?

By | December 12th, 2008|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

Up until the last couple of days, I was sure that the economy and its sad, sad shape occupied the top spot on Barack Obama's worry list as President-elect. That pesky Illinois Governor seems to have knocked Obama off-message and off-stride, but I'm hoping he'll get his attention back to where it needs to be [...]

4 12, 2008

Big Three Automakers vs. My Parents

By | December 4th, 2008|Moms & Politics|7 Comments

Dear Congress,Have I got a deal for you!The CEOs of the big three automakers keep asking for billions of dollars in handouts and "emergency bridge loans" from you, well, actually from me and about 300 million others like me. I can see both sides of the bail-out vs. Chapter 11 bankruptcy argument, so I'm not [...]

30 11, 2008

How I Know We’re in for a Rough Economic Ride

By | November 30th, 2008|Moms & Politics|5 Comments

I'm not an economist, and I don't play one on TV. But regardless of what the likes of Senator Saxby Chambliss and George Will have to say, it's clear we are still on a downward trend with the economy, and no one can see the bottom of that pit just yet.How do I know if [...]

24 11, 2008

Citigroup Bailout — Think Lobbyists Had Anything to do With It?

By | November 24th, 2008|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

One question that keeps getting asked, but really hasn't been answered has been, " If the government is so willing to bail-out Wall Street, where is the help for Main Street?"I think the problem is that Main Street doesn't give a lot of money to campaigns and or lobbyists.Citigroup? According to OpenSecrets, in 2008 Citigroup [...]

24 11, 2008

PunditMom’s Monday Morning Quick Hits — Economy & More

By | November 24th, 2008|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

Another weekend, another bailout. Did you see this one coming with Citigroup?Barack Obama's economic team gets announced today at noon.Howard Kurtz apparently has a thing for Michelle Obama's arms.You thought I was crazy raising the specter of the Michelle Obama and Mommy Wars? Looks like it's just getting started.Michael Milken wants a presidential pardon. Remember [...]

13 11, 2008

Hangin’ with the MOMocrats!

By | November 13th, 2008|Moms & Politics|5 Comments

Looking for me? I'm over at MOMocrats today with some thoughts on the Big Three automakers.Can you say 'stupid and shortsighted?'Yeah, I said it -- stupidity and shortsightedness. What else can you say about companies who have put their collective heads in the sand and ignored the demand of consumers for smaller, more fuel efficient [...]

23 10, 2008

PunditMom Says Go Read This: Will Democrats Kill Your 401(k)?

By | October 23rd, 2008|Economy|0 Comments

The short answer is, "NO!"Karoli at Bang the Drum has written a great post on why you shouldn't listen to this line from the GOP:... if you follow news about 401k plans, you might find some pretty scary headlines like this one or this one, where the writers contend that the Democrats want to take [...]

17 10, 2008

I’m Up, I’m Down. Where are You?

By | October 17th, 2008|Economy|4 Comments

No, I'm not talking about the big 5-0 this week.I'm talking about the stock market, my blood pressure and now the heartburn I'm feeling over where we are in this crazy, messed up economic world we're living in. It turns out I'm not the only one having a lot of tsurris over this.There's so much [...]

17 10, 2008

I'm Up, I'm Down. Where are You?

By | October 17th, 2008|Economy|4 Comments

No, I'm not talking about the big 5-0 this week.I'm talking about the stock market, my blood pressure and now the heartburn I'm feeling over where we are in this crazy, messed up economic world we're living in. It turns out I'm not the only one having a lot of tsurris over this.There's so much [...]

15 10, 2008

Would the Economy be Different if They Had Listened to “The Girl?”

By | October 15th, 2008|Economy|2 Comments

Even though I worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission for a number of years, trying to explain things like derivatives was never my strong suit. I got the whole concept of futures trading when I took my Agricultural Law class in law school (my farmer dad was VERY proud when I aced that puppy!), [...]

15 10, 2008

Would the Economy be Different if They Had Listened to "The Girl?"

By | October 15th, 2008|Economy|2 Comments

Even though I worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission for a number of years, trying to explain things like derivatives was never my strong suit. I got the whole concept of futures trading when I took my Agricultural Law class in law school (my farmer dad was VERY proud when I aced that puppy!), [...]

10 10, 2008

Barbarians, Masters & Thieves

By | October 10th, 2008|Economy|6 Comments

Over the summer, I took eight-year-old PunditGirl to see the Meet Kit, American Girl movie.For the uninitiated, Kit is the Depression-era girl whose dad loses his job, moves away to look for work and the family ends up taking in boarders and keeping chickens to sell eggs to make ends meet.While there are light-hearted moments, [...]

10 10, 2008

Barbarians, Masters & Thieves

By | October 10th, 2008|Economy|6 Comments

Over the summer, I took eight-year-old PunditGirl to see the Meet Kit, American Girl movie.For the uninitiated, Kit is the Depression-era girl whose dad loses his job, moves away to look for work and the family ends up taking in boarders and keeping chickens to sell eggs to make ends meet.While there are light-hearted moments, [...]

10 10, 2008

What Are Those “Swingers” Talking About?

By | October 10th, 2008|Economy|2 Comments

In every presidential election year, some swing states stay the same, but new ones seem to crop up, depending on how the whole electoral map plays out. Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida are always reliably in the mix. This year there are others, including New Mexico, Nevada and very possibly Virginia.The media give us a lot [...]

10 10, 2008

What Are Those "Swingers" Talking About?

By | October 10th, 2008|Economy|2 Comments

In every presidential election year, some swing states stay the same, but new ones seem to crop up, depending on how the whole electoral map plays out. Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida are always reliably in the mix. This year there are others, including New Mexico, Nevada and very possibly Virginia.The media give us a lot [...]

6 10, 2008

What's a Half a Billion Among Friends?

By | October 6th, 2008|Economy|4 Comments

As I am sitting here working on other things, I have CNN on with the Congressional testimony of Richard Fuld, the CEO of bankrupt Lehman Brothers CEO -- the man who was at the helm when yet another house of economic cards came crashing down on us.Lehman shareholders and employees have been left holding the [...]

6 10, 2008

What’s a Half a Billion Among Friends?

By | October 6th, 2008|Economy|4 Comments

As I am sitting here working on other things, I have CNN on with the Congressional testimony of Richard Fuld, the CEO of bankrupt Lehman Brothers CEO -- the man who was at the helm when yet another house of economic cards came crashing down on us.Lehman shareholders and employees have been left holding the [...]

6 10, 2008

Is Treasury Letting the Fox Into the Henhouse?

By | October 6th, 2008|Economy|2 Comments

If you thought you could exhale after Congress finally passed that little bail-out plan last week, you might want to reconsider.Aside from the fact that the stock market fell below 10,000 this morning for the first time since 2004, the government worked over the weekend to figure out who is going to head up this [...]

30 09, 2008

Don't Take That Tone With ME, Miss Nancy Pelosi!

By | September 30th, 2008|Uncategorized|4 Comments

It's not often that I'm surprised at what comes out of politicians' mouths. But when House Minority Leader John Boehner and his crew started whining like a bunch of petulant children about how things were going on the economic bail-out vote, I just about lost it.Boehner and his pals hadn't really just acted like a [...]

29 09, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Economic Bail-Out Bill Fails

By | September 29th, 2008|Uncategorized|8 Comments

Congress has failed to pass the economic bail-out/recovery bill, 227-206, and has moved on to other business for the day. What happens now?Friday it was Washington Mutual. Today, Wachovia. And now, banks around the world are having issues. Tomorrow, who knows which financial shoe drops? All because people got greedy and lobbyists won out to [...]

29 09, 2008

Is $100,000 Enough?

By | September 29th, 2008|Economy|6 Comments

Mr. PunditMom thinks I'm crazy.OK, on certain things, that's not news. But he is shaking his head about why I'm looking into moving my savings account money from the bank where we have our separate and joint accounts.Since we're both a little on the "older" side, we've got a nice amount of savings in the [...]

18 09, 2008

It's the Stupid Economy, John McCain

By | September 18th, 2008|Economy|3 Comments

In every economic downturn since the Bill Clinton era, someone reminds us that, "It's the economy, stupid!" So I thought it was refreshing to hear someone (I think it was Donna Brazile) comment this week that the main issue in this election is now "the stupid economy!"Stupid.Exactly the right word for the reason we are [...]